In Gennifer Choldenko's book Al Capone Does My Shirts, Piper is the antagonist to the main character Moose Flanagan. Moose's family has just moved to Alcatraz Island, and Piper's father is the warden. Piper believes her position as the warden's daughter gives her power, and she uses this perceived power to get others to do what she wants.
One of the ways she is emotionally a bully is in the way she reacts to Moose's mentally challenged sister, Natalie. She is insensitive to Natalie's condition and speaks to Moose as though Natalie is not even there. She asks Moose if Natalie is retarded. He is angered by her and tells her it is none of her business. She continues to stare at Natalie. Here is an example of what Piper says:
"So not retarded. Stupid, then?" Piper asks.
"Look, could we drop this already?"
"I'm just asking a simple question."
"Not in front of Natalie.' She shrugs and walks behind the morgue. Theresa and I follow. Nat stays put. 'How would you feel if I asked, are you...
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